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"HASSINGHAM, near the north bank of the Yare, 10 miles E.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 186 souls, and 710 acres, half of which belongs to Sir W.B. Proctor, the lord of the manor, and the remainder belongs to and is occupied by Mr. John Green, of Buckenham Ferry. The Church (St. Mary,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4, and consolidated with that of Buckenham Ferry. The glebe here is 3A. 1R. 18P. The Poor's Allotment, 14A. 3R. 12P., awarded at the enclosure in 1800, is used for cutting fuel, but several poor people graze cows on it at the rate of 7s. per head." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

The name may also be spelled Hasingham.
See also Great Massingham and Little Massingham.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, description and picture.
Church of St Mary
Pictures of the church.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Hassingham was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Strumpshaw, Buckenham and Hassingham
Description and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Hassingham is in Blofield Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Blofield Hundred
Description of Blofield Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Cantley and Hassingham Inclosure and Drainage Act, 1800.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the commons and waste grounds within the parishes of Cantley and Hassingham, in the county of Norfolk, and for draining and preserving the same, and also certain marsh lands within the same parishes, 25th March 1800.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1800]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 13 20 112
1811 18 19 100
1821 21 21 103
1831 24 28 140
1841 21 -- 104
1851 23 -- 127
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 23 -- 118
1871 21 23 116
1881 22 22 104
1891 20 20 122
1901 20 20 106
1911 -- 21 103

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.